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Continued Discontent within Police Force

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Continued Discontent within Police Force

The Reykjavík Police Station. Photo: The Greater Reykjavík Police.

The Police Federation of Iceland has requested a meeting with Minister for the Interior Ólöf Nordal to discuss communication problems within the Greater Reykjavík Police, RÚV reports. More than ten members of the police force have had meetings at the ministry, and others have requested to meet with the minister regarding the matter.

The board of the Police Federation discussed the matter at a meeting yesterday. More than 20 police officers have complained about communication problems with Chief of Police Sigríður Björk Guðjónsdóttir.

The 16-member board unanimously accepted a proposal to ask for a meeting with the minister to discuss the situation, which, they say, has become intolerable.

Snorri Magnússon, head of the Police Federation, told RÚV that Sigríður Björk has acknowledged the communication problem to some extent. She has referred to organizational changes and turmoil surrounding that.

Snorri stated he does not believe the problems have been exaggerated. The have been documented in a report written by an occupational psychologist, he clarified.

Sigríður Björk sent RÚV a written response when asked for a comment, “I completely understand that when you implement major changes and an organizational chart is flattened out with the corresponding transferral of projects, then you will hear some voices of discontent.”

It’s her belief that the changes will eventually lead to better law enforcement for the public.

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